The UIP Companies Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2020

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56%
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The UIP Companies Principals Steve Schwat and Peter Bonnell (no image)
Steve Schwat and Peter Bonnell
27 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "The House of Cards is Falling Fast"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The employees, subs and vendors

    Cons

    The Principals and their lack of leadership and ethics

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  2. "I enjoy being a UIPerson..."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Community Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have been with UIP for about 2 years... This company has become family to me... The company plans tons of events that unite the site staff and engages the team in fun and interactive training... The principals and senior management are always available to speak with regarding any matter you have... I love the site that I work on... I am a very HAPPY UIPerson...

    Cons

    More staff needed to keep up with the exponential growth this company is experiencing right now... New properties coming on line all the time...

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  3. "Best company to work in."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accounts Receivable in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    This company is like a family, we have our ups and downs (more ups then downs) but we stick together in thick and thin. Everyone here is very pleasant, caring and will stop to help you in a heart beat. This company makes sure that you have all the tools needed for you to get your job done. They make sure that you succeed and not fail in your job. They support you by making sure that you are trained properly and are given the proper training tools. They care about your family and not just you. UIP has a open door policy for when you need someone to talk too, no matter who it is, they will stop to listen to you. They give you guidance and directions when you are not sure how to handle a matter. I could just on and on. I have been in the property management field since 1982 and this is the fourth company that I have worked for and have been with them for 7 years and only wish I have found them sooner.

    Cons

    I have not experienced any down sides with UIP.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "Broken Process/Procedures and Volatile/Hostile Leadership"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to this company. Since the departure of a VP a few years ago there is zero training and concern for those who work on site and do our best. It is chaotic, disorganized and demanding without clear direction from the leaders. Leadership is hostile and volatile which creates a hostile and uncomfortable working environment. People work hard and want to do a good job but the constant demoralization takes a toll. No one can perform to levels of greatness while getting beat down all the time. I joined the company with the hopes of being here for a long time. It is just too much. I have stayed too long. I cannot handle the constant negative emails, the screaming, the yelling and the demoralization that comes from the top. Steve Shwatt is the main person and he sends emails with no regard for how hard the team is working. I may not get them directly but they are sent to me and the team. I am embarassed to work for this company. Our team works so hard and every day we feel punished. There is another person.I think he reports to and/or is the puppet to Steve, Pete who will not help us. I have seen so many people come and go during my time. We had a great VP. She left. We lost a great VP and regional managers and many managers quit because of the toxic and abusive environment. This could be a great company if someone would sit back, relax and just listen to people. When I move on, I will focus on being collaborative and listen to people-even if we don't agree. That makes for a strong team. Pro--I have learned what NOT to do as a business leader. Thank you Steve and all the others like you. I learned alot. I have also learned what it takes to have a positive culture. A party does not create culture.

    Cons

    Hostile and volatile owners. No direction. Pay structure (which is not legal). No communication--except yelling and screaming and harsh, demoralizing emails from everyone. No moral compass. No appreciation for people who give up family time for the company. No regard for people who work hard and give up everything to help the company to be successful--it is thankless! I cannot wait to move on from this company. When the HR person leaves due to issues with the company, that is a clear sign to find another job.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Absolutely Horrible Company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Colleagues are great people. Projects are interesting.

    Cons

    Principals are out of touch with any sort of reality. Primary owner acts like a child where he has temper tantrums and outbursts against people, often in front of colleagues. Company owes a lot of vendors a lot of money. They don’t pay vendors on time. They treat residents in their buildings very unfairly.

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  6. "Great Place To Call Home"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great site teams Great management Great principles Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Sorry no cons as a great place to work and call home

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "Nope..."

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked at UIP for a year + and my coworkers were great and the projects I was on were interesting redevelopment and infill.

    Cons

    The founder of the company, who happens to handle the development side has no clue. His leadership style is non existent and dictator-like. The other two principals are good people but are handcuffed by the founder.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Property Management Division"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to manage multiple properties and a chance to have some control of how your portfolio is handled.

    Cons

    Management style was punitive and completely disorganized. Policies changed on a whim and the expectations to perform were unrealistic. The amount of turnover that occurred also created a very negative environment. There were also random outbursts in the office that showed another side to upper management that did not bode well to employees. Work hours were amended after employment began and my 5 day work schedule turned in to a 7 day work schedule which was not what I'd signed up for. When we needed to spend money to make changes to and update the properties especially when it came to pest control, there was always push back. The expectation to do more with less to nothing was unrealistic.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "High Turnover Rate"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The UIP Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good Work and Life Balance Nice Co-Workers Some company events

    Cons

    Paid once a month Company pays little to nothing into Benefits Company expects more than they are willing to invest Hires friends with no experience

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Company!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Property Management 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The UIP Companies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun culture. Employee appreciation events. Opportunity for growth for top performers. Great performance bonuses and commission eligibility. Owners really care about the company and it’s people. We are called UIPeople :)

    Cons

    We are fast paced which can be overwhelming to some while others thrive. The days go by fast! That’s really the only thing I can think of- I am truly happy here.

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